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WELCOME to my blog and my photographic journey, where my photography style is dictated by my environment. I am a full time executive member of my household. That's right, I care, feed, instruct, inspire, maintain, a group of amazing individuals and the space they live in. These individuals are my children and husband, that place is my home. Most of the time I photograph where we are together, what we are doing together and most importantly their beautiful expressions. Sometimes I have the wonderful opportunity to photograph another family or event. I post my journey here.

My photographic philosophy:
I celebrate the unique differences in each person, event and place. I relish in capturing life as it happens naturally. I anticipate it! I love creating an emotional image, one that will be cherished. I seek for beauty in the simplest most unexpected places. I enjoy carrying my camera where I go, making an interpretation of that moment and archiving it for good. Creating a beautiful, stunning final print and giving lasting memories of people loved. These things put a smile on my face.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lorraine's Life - A Portrait of my Grandmother

My Grandma Lorraine passed away Sunday, August 19th at 2:30pm at my mothers home, among family. My Mother and Uncles have beautiful singing voices, and they sang her peacefully (to sleep), while her body finally let go. My grandmother was 84 and her body was worn and tired from all this life gave her. She cared for herself, was healthy, hard working, loving God and most importantly, she cared and loved others even more.
I was adopted by her daughter over twenty years ago, I was 14 years old and worried if my new family would accept me. From the beginning my Grandmother treated me like she had known me from infancy. She was accepting, genuine, loving, hard working and was always there when you needed her.
When I was struggling emotionally, as a single mother, she would sit next to me every Sunday in church. She took care of my 2 year old son (now he is much older). She would tell stories with enthusiasm and had an amazing ability to sing, yodel and make up songs.
The last thing she said to me was "I'll love you forever." I will cherish her memory and am grateful to have known and loved such a remarkable woman and I know I will see her again.
She was loved by many.
Here is a slideshow of her life (in reverse). The song is by Mary Chapmin called 10,000 miles.

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